23 January 2009

Beer Review, Leinenkugel Fireside Nut Brown Ale

Leinenkugel Fireside Nut Brown Ale
Chippewa Falls, WI
4.9% ABV

Okay, I call shenanigans. I'm usually on board with BeerAdvocate's style listings even when they don't quite match my experience, but there's no way this is a Winter Warmer. Reviewing as a Brown Ale.

Appearance: Dark brown/orange, clear but opaque due to coloration, with a thick khaki-colored head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. 4.0/5

Smell: Rich with sweet roasted malts, syrupy. Very nutty, of course, with hints of dark hops and yeast. It's within the guidelines for a nut brown, but it's almost more like a dopplebock in aroma than a brown. 4.5/5

Taste: Strong sweet hazelnut flavors, slightly astringent, dry but cloying on the finish. A bit more complexity than you usually get from a brown, but not exactly the most pleasant complexity, if you get my drift. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Thicker than expected, goes down smooth. 3.5/5

Drinkability: This is a bit sweet and syrupy for my taste, but it's a decent brown ale and the price is usually right. 4.0/5

Overall: 3.85/5

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